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Photos from: Will Kats shows intricately detailed wood carvings during Tour of the Arts

Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder

The two darker pieces depicting Native American women were carved from an old ranch juniper gatepost from North Dakota. The middle woman is carved from the more cream-colored Montana juniper. Kats carved the simulated ivory ornaments on the dresses from deer antlers and inset them into the wood. The wood bundle on the one woman's back came from a high mountain slope in the Bob Marshall where the tiny finger roots of the juniper are dry and brittle from exposure to sun and wind. Some of the roots still had lichen on them, which he oiled and sealed in.

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